Report: Police Seize 10 Children from Family Because They Are Off Grid (Updated)
Kentucky officials ordered a rural family to turn over their ten kids because they were reportedly home schooled.
The Naugler family. The mom is not in the photo because she was taking the picture. Her picture is below. Image source: saveourfamily.info
Off the Grid News reported:
An off-grid homeschool family of 12 in rural Kentucky was raided, the mother arrested, and the 10 children seized simply because the government disagrees with their lifestyle and their educational choices, family members and friends say.
Until Wednesday, Joe and Nicole Naugler lived with their 10 kids in a cabin on 26 acres in Breckinridge County, about an hour southwest of Louisville.
“They are an extremely happy family,” family friend Pace Ellsworth told Off The Grid News.
Acting on an anonymous tip about the family’s off-grid lifestyle, sheriff’s officers entered the property and home Wednesday, and even blocked the access road to the family property, the family says. Joe and eight of the children were away, but Nicole – who is five-months pregnant – was home with the two oldest kids. Sheriff deputies then seemingly allowed Nicole and the two children to drive away but they got only a short distance before deputies pulled them over and took the two children away from the mom, who was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Later, the sheriff ordered Joe to turn over the other children by 10 a.m. or be arrested for felony charges, the family says. He complied.
Deputies also threatened to impound the car, although a friend of the family convinced the deputies to allow Joe to have it back.
Nicole Naugler posted this on Facebook Thursday night:
I am ok. But I don’t know how my children are. They are spread over 4 homes. I know that not one is alone. I know they are strong. Isaac and Urijah were saying “I don’t consent, I don’t answer questions”
So teach your children. Let them know their rights. Even when they aren’t acknowledged.
UPDATE: Apparently the children were living in dirty tents surrounded by garbage.